This school Code of Behaviour and Information booklets/leaflets you have been given are intended to give you a generic overview of our philosophy as a school, as well as to communicate what is expected especially from students for the optimum of the teaching and learning process to occur.
All efforts are made to place students at the centre of our working life in a continuous effort to make students feel respected, cared for and important. This is what we can guarantee as a school. Thus, every member of the staff is encouraged to welcome each and every student and strive to bring out the very best in them. We try our best to provide our future citizens with the optimum opportunities possible.
School-home links are of paramount importance as together we try to achieve the very best educational outcomes for our students. This entails hard work, careful remote preparation and high commitment from all stakeholders. Nevertheless this cannot be achieved without continuous efforts from our students to behave ethically, to be sensitive and kind to each other, and finally but of great importance, to understand and to respect one another.
I, together with all my colleagues certainly look forward to welcoming our students, and assure you that our joint effort will sustain our students throughout their studies and holistic education. We are here to help our students become people who love learning, learn well and are able to learn anything for their future. I wish to instil in our pupils the joy of learning, and the pleasure of seeking knowledge as leisure and not as a stressful exercise.
My greatest wish is that hand in hand we work together to make our good, better and our better, best for all our children to succeed.
Ms Marita Abdilla
M.Ed(Planning and Admin in Educ), B.Ed(Hons),
PG:Dip in Educ(Admin & Mgt),
Head of School
School Vision: To promote teaching and learning within a Positive Climate
AIM OF CODE: A clear guide of good behaviour and discipline following consultation guidelines issued to schools by the Ministry of Education. It should give rise to a positive environment within the school to help us achieve our main aim, thatof educating our npupils for life ahead.
Details about the code of discipline and corrective behaviour is given in detail in the CORRECTIVE BEHAVIOUR LEAFLET. The designated person for the school discipline is Mr Stephen Azzopardi who can be contacted on 21454103
STUDENTS’ SAFETY: A Guide To Special Cases
- During school hours, students will not be allowed to leave the school on their own. Parents/ guardians must pick student up on presentation of their ID card. In case of a relative or a friend of the family they must show a note of consent.
- No one is allowed to enter the school premises and proceed to speak to students and/or teachers, without authorisation from the school administration.
- Information sheet and consent forms A.B.C.D to cover your child for as long as they are in middle school. Child will bring it and you will send it with them back signed two day after. Your child will not be allowed out on any outings if these forms are not filled
Parents /Guardians are expected to:
- Pass on Home and Work telephone numbers including mobile number of both parents/guardians in case of emergency.
- Provide the school with any legal documents that concern the student (eg legal custody or other information of the such)
- Inform the school regarding any medical conditions of the student.
- Co-operate with the school authorities on issues that concern the students such as heavy school bags, full uniform, regular and punctual attendance.
- Be active participants within the school.
- Be role models to their children.
- Attend important meetings at school in connection with their son/daughter especially Parents’ Day and Celebration Day.
- Maintain a healthy home/school link: In case a meeting is required with the school administration, kindly fix an appointment, as this will avoid undue waiting. Only urgent cases will be seen to without appointments.
- Take part in the student’s learning by supporting and providing enriching experiences.
- Encourage reading as leisure and try to read with their children when possible.
School Attendance : Information re school attendance is given in the School Attendance Guidelines leaflet. Included please find the school note that is to be used.
SCHOOL UNIFORM It is the parents’ responsibility to check that their children wear the proper uniform to school as follows.
Since this is a mixed school, it is strongly suggested that girls come to school in trousers.
- Burnt orange polo-shirt with a powder blue collar, carrying EMBOIDERED College logo and name. (to be inserted in trousers at all times ).
- Long Powder blue trousers with black belt for boys/girls.
- Black socks and black SCHOOL SHOES (NOT black training shoes).
SUMMER P.E. KIT: NB: Students are allowed to wear P.E kit from home ONLY on days when they have a P.E lesson, however they are not allowed to come from home in shorts. Track suit trousers must always be worn.
- Burnt orange T-shirt carrying College name.
- Powder blue shorts with orange piping at the side.
- White cap with orange piping and College logo.
- White socks and PLAIN WHITE GYM SHOES. (Student wearing coloured gym shoes will not be allowed to participate in the P.E Lesson)
- White shirt
- College tie for boys and cravat for girls
- Long Powder blue trousers with black belt for boys and girls.
- Burnt Orange pullover V-neck, carrying the College name and logo.
- Blue, pin-striped blazer carrying the College name and logo (NOT OPTIONAL)
- Black socks and black SCHOOL SHOES (not training shoes).
Note: A plain blue windcheater or anorak may be worn over the blazer in cold weather or rainy days. Scarves or beanies must be plain dark blue or black
WINTER P.E. KIT:
- College tracksuit.
- Plain white round neck T-shirt with long sleeves.
- White socks and PLAIN WHITE GYM SHOES.
On winter days, when the weather is cold it is important that students carry thick vests. Students wearing items not stated above, will be asked to remove them.
Items required for use in Workshops ( do not buy yet since D&T teachers will advise on the below).
Items required for use in Food Labs (do not buy yet since H.E teachers will Advise on the below).
- White Apron.
- Cap to cover hair when cooking.
- 3 napkins.
- Pair of rubber gloves and a pair of oven gloves.
- A proper bag for students to carry food item.
WHAT IS NOT ALLOWED TO BE WORN WITH THE SCHOOL UNIFORM
- EARRINGS OR ANY FORM OF BODY PIERCING including tongue.
- ANY TYPE OF FANCY HAIRSTYLES ( including shaved or partly shaved hair etc).
- DYED HAIR./NAIL POLISH OR NAIL ART
- LONG OR VERY SHORT HAIR on boys. Hair is deemed long when it covers the eyes and is longer than the collar at the sides and back.
- Girls are to tie long hair neatly with a black clip. (Plain black or blue)
- BRACELETS RINGS AND NECKLACES.
THE SCHOOL LIBRARY- The Library is a place where in a quiet atmosphere one may enrich the mind with more knowledge, and where students carry out their research work or spend some time reading for leisure.
LIBRARY BOOKS ARE OF TWO SORTS
- TEXT BOOKS which
- Are on loan thus they are not students’ property.
- Must be returned at the end of each scholastic year as instructed by the Librarian.
- Must be covered in plastic and labelled with the student’s name.
- Must be paid when not returned or
- Must be paid if misused (scribbling on them, cutting out pages etc…).
- LIBRARY BOOKS
- These are the school’s property and are for the use of all students alike.
- Books borrowed from the school library must be returned on the stipulated date.
- Students who persist with late returns will lose the right to borrow books from the Library.
- Students caught misusing books (writing on them, tearing out pages, staining…etc) will lose the right to use the library books and must pay for the damaged book.
- Returning torn borrowed books may lead to a fine.
WHAT IS NOT ALLOWED IN THE LIBRARY
- Food and
- Talking and rowdy
- Bad book handling.
September – end of May: From 8.05 to 14.26 June and July : 8.05 to 11.50
|Assembly/Form time: 8.05- 8.15||Assembly/Form time: 8.05- 8.15 (3.75hrs)|
|Lesson 1: 8.15-855||Lesson 1: 8.15-8.40|
|Lesson 2: 8.55-9.35||Lesson 2: 8.40-9.05|
|Lesson 3: 9.35-10.15||Lesson 3: 9.05-9.30|
|Mid-morning Break 10.15-10.30||Lesson 4: 9.30-9.55|
|Lesson 4: 10.30-11.10||Mid-morning Break 9.55-10.10|
|Lesson 5: 11.10-11.50||Lesson 5: 10.10-10.35|
|Lesson 6: 11.50-12.30||Lesson 6: 10.35-11.00|
|Mid-Day Break 12.30-13.06|
|Lesson 7: 13.06-13.46||Lesson 7: 11.00-11.25|
|Lesson 8: 13.46-14.26||Lesson 8: 11.25-11.50|
PURPOSE OF HOMEWORK
- It is an important part of a students’ learning experience.
- It is defined as written or non- written tasks to be completed outside the classroom.
- It is an extension of class work and relevant to the curriculum.
- Includes studying or follow-up work to be done at home.
- Should encourage children to develop mental discipline that will make studying more satisfying and more meaningful.
- Promotes academic growth and responsibility.
- Fosters creativity through independent
- Aids in developing good work and study
- Provides enriching opportunities.
- Will finally strengthen skills already taught.
Teachers will determine the purpose of each homework, the quantity given, the frequency and the kind, as deemed appropriate to the particular subject.
KIND OF HOMEWORK:
- Preparation Homework: given to prepare a student for the next lesson.
- Practice Homework: given to reinforce what has already been taught in class.
- Creative Homework: given to provide challenging learning opportunities.
HOMEWORK GUIDELINES – Homework is:
- Given with sufficient explanation so that students will know what is expected to of them.
- Never given as a punishment.
- Evaluated by the teacher.
- Carefully planned by all teachers.
- Meaningful and given in every subject.
- Diligently carried out.
- Expected back punctually.
- Responding to school’s request for support in homework.
- Expecting daily homework and insisting that their children complete it regularly and diligently.
- Providing a suitable study atmosphere that is quiet, well-lit, and supervised, especially when student are using the computer.
- Showing interest in the homework being done, but not doing the work for their children.
- Making time for homework supervision.
- Encouraging their children to look into newspapers, magazines and books and instil in them a love for reading.
- Making sure homework is done appropriately, checking school diary and signing when asked.
EXAMINATION POLICY- Examinations are an opportunity for student to exhibit the skills mastered. They are one of the yardsticks used to help the teacher gauge how the student is coping academically.
DURING EXAMINATIONS STUDENTS MUST:
- Prepare themselves well by doing systematic revision.
- Seek help to learn how to make a study schedule and improve their study skills.
- Be punctual. Students arriving later than a quarter of an hour after the commencement of the exam, will not be allowed to sit for the exam.
- Behave in such a manner that, besides being concentrated to complete their own exam, do not disturb other students.
- Bring what is required of them such as calculator, ruler and all stationery. They are not allowed to share.
- Bring a reading book to use when exam is completed.
- Avoid bringing material with relation to the current
- Leave their bags near the teacher’s desk.
- Attend in full winter uniform during half yearly examinations and in full summer uniform during the annual examinations. (Students in P.E. kit will not be allowed to take the exam).
- Are not allowed to go to the bathroom before the first hour.
- Will remain in class till the end of the examination session.
- Are to come to school by organising their own transport for the oral examinations.
- Provide a medical certificate when sick, otherwise they will be marked
The school has absolutely no tolerance for students caught copying during examinations. Such student will be disqualified from pursuing the examination.
Every effort is made to ensure that the right student will sit for the right level. However, students are encouraged to know well which level they follow thus they can double check when they are presented with the exam paper.
PARENTS RESPONSIBILITY – Parents should:
- Parents should supervise their children’s revision for the exams.
- Help the development of study skills.
- Help in the creation of and adherence to a study plan. This will avoid unpleasant surprises when results arrive home.
- The School guidance team will provide the help students need if they are incapable of drawing up a study plan.
- See that revision starts early enough. Revision does not start just two weeks before the exams. This only creates a lot of tension and uncertainty.
- Encourage and positively reinforce their children, thus students will develop self-confidence and believe they can be successful.
- Make sure children get enough rest so that they can concentrate during exams.
PURPOSE OF POLICY- To ensure that pupils learn in a supportive, caring, and safe environment without fear of being bullied and to redirect the bully’s behaviour.
Details about anti-bullying committee and procedures are provided in the ant bullying leaflet. The designated person for anti-bullying is Ms M Borg Azzopardi who can be contacted on 21454103
GENDER EQUITY POLICY – The sex of a person is biologically determined, Where as being a man or a woman is learnt: it is constructed, through social and cultural practices
PURPOSE OF POLICY: – This is to ensure that all male and female students:
- Are engaged, reflective learners regardless of the subject.
- Are prepared for future education, jobs, careers.
- Set and meet high expectations for themselves.
- Develop as respectful and productive
- Develop as respectful friends, workers, family members and citizens.
- Receive equitable treatment and achieve equitable outcomes at school and beyond.
- Are encouraged to see themselves and their opportunities as equal.
- BUILD GENDER-EQUITABLE, HEALTHY, NON-VIOLENT LIFESTYLES AT A PIVOT TIME WHEN ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOURS ARE STILL BEING DEVELOPED.
ACTION TAKEN BY THE SCHOOL: Every effort will be done for boys and girls to be treated in the same manner, since being male or female does not determine the disposition and capability to learn.
Male and female students:
- Receive same amount of teacher’s attention, acceptance, and remediation.
- Are given same amount of talk time in class.
- Receive same teacher interaction time in subjects that are usually associated with boys such as Maths, Science, D&T, and Graphical Communication.
- Are presented with same level ability tasks.
- Are equally treated on issues that include:
- Distribution of resources.
- Class attention.
- Receive same sanctions for a similar offence
- Receive same rewards/ merits for similar achievements.
- Receive same waiting time to answer a question.
- Are seated in non sex-segregated patterns.
- Are praised or criticised irrespective of gender.
- Line-up in alphabetical order or in height profile order during assemblies.
- Are equally assigned prefect and sub-prefect duties in class (ideally one of each gender is elected).
- Are equally represented in the students’ council.
- Are given equal opportunities to practice their favourite sport or to attend their favourite club
WHAT IS STRICTLY NOT ALLOWED:- There will be zero tolerance to:
- GENDER remarks.
- SEXIST remarks.
- Physical aggression.
- Bullying across genders.
- Physical or Psychological harassment.
- Use of opposite gender toilets
FORM TEACHERS: Besides the responsibilities of a teacher:
A form teacher:
- Takes special care of and pays attention to students in the assigned class.
- Ensures adequate contact with the assigned class.
- Advises students about personal development, problems and educational choices (in consultation with the guidance team).
- Advises school administration, teachers and parents on the personal development, progress and behaviour of the students.
- Motivates pupils to participate in extra-curricular activities organized either by same form teacher, or by other teachers in the school.
SCHOOL DIARY AND TIMETABLE:
- It is expected that every student will use the school College diary to record activities and homework.
- Form teachers will check that the student has recorded the right time table so that the student can come to school prepared with the right books for the specific day.
- Parents and teachers should randomly check these diaries to ensure that diary and timetable are being used properly.
- An updated diary will enable the staff and parents to have immediate ecord of the students’ work.
Students are responsible for their own possessions at school. Occasionally items do go missing .Often this is due to students’ carelessness. Such problems will be kept to a minimum if:
- Clothing and other items are clearly labelled by the students’ name.
- Valuable items or equipment are kept at home and not brought to school.
The school does not take responsibility for valuable items brought to school which go missing, especially if they are brought against school regulations.
Lockers: The locker system in the school is there to aid students in keeping themselves organized and to carry less weight in their bags.
- Students will be allowed to visit their locker area only three times a day: before assembly, during mid-morning break and during mid-day break.
- No visits to the lockers will be allowed during lessons or between lessons.
- Students leaving the things they need during the lesson in their locker will be considered as not having brought them. Such repeated behaviour may lead to locker confiscation.
- Lockers should only contain book and copybooks, thus, NO mp3 or tablets or mobiles or cards are to be kept locked.
- It is unacceptable that students come to school without their homework because they would have left their things behind in their locker. This will be considered as not having carried out their task.
- Wrong use of locker may lead to confiscation.
The Senior Management Team hold the right to do any spot check in the locker.
Details about the locker hire will be given to the students later on.
Parents requesting to speak to the Head/Assistant Heads are kindly requested to make an appointment by telephone between 8.30am and 10.30am on Tel: 21454103, 79454103
This will avoid undue waiting. Only urgent cases will be seen to without appointments.
The school e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
The school website will be sncrabatms.com
MONITORING, EVALUATION AND REVIEW
The school will review these regulations and information annually, and assess their implementation and effective.